Since its initial inception, the intent of the Children's Services Act has been to improve services to youth through pooled, multi-agency planning and funding. Funding is administered at the local level to provide communities the flexibility to serve youth and families in a manner consistent with local needs, resources, and philosophies.
Creativity in the development of individualized services, unique to the needs of each youth, was and continues to be the vision. Coupled with that vision of creativity is the reality of myriad requirements regarding eligibility, fund use, licensure, agency regulations, and polocies that frame implementation of the Act.
The conference, entitled "Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity," will celebrate the evolution that is currently taking place within Virginia's childserving system and help equip those in the CSA network with new skills and perspectives that will directly impact their ability to embrace new opportunities.